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Fiat Punto Wont Start. Fuel Light & Three warning lights flashing

My Fiat Punto 1.2 Year 2000 MK2 (I believe) will not start. The engine turns over but the car won't start. The fuel light is flashing and petrol gauge says empty which isn't the case. There are three ...
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How Important Are the Rear Shocks / Struts

When people talk about changing the shocks or struts, it's usually the front ones due to comfort, handling and safety reasons. But what about the rear ones? How much of a problem are worn out rear ...
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How much air should a tire lose each month?

How much air does a tire typically lose each month? Do nitrogen-filled tires actually lose less air (well, nitrogen) each month? If so, what's normal for them? According to a tire store manager I ...
9
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573 views

Cheap tyres on rear of car?

I've bought a car with two worn rear tyres (still legal, but between 3 - 4mm of tread left, so will need replacing soonish) and two brand new (but cheap off brand) tyres on the front. I'm wondering ...
6
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How to know if I need new tires?

For the first time in my years of driving, I slid pretty badly the other day. I've slid before a little bit, but this is the first time I slid badly-- I nearly went off the road. Granted, it was ...
9
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1answer
66 views

How does the tachometer on my dashboard actually work?

Recently, I asked a question about the speedometer, how it works and how accurate it is. But that got me thinking... how does the rest of the dash actually work? I understand that the RPM measurement ...
6
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1answer
52 views

Help with Strange Intermittent yet predictable parasitic battery drain?

I'm having an issue where while testing circuits for the offending drain, I will see NO drain for about 30 seconds and then a 6-9 amp drain for about 10; rinse and repeat. Anybody have an idea what ...
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Does (forcefully) overriding the self-canceling damage my indicator levers?

Sometimes I don't want my indicators to self cancel, so I hold the indicator on while turning the wheel, and it makes a cracking/clicking noise. Am I damaging anything if I do this? EDIT: To ...
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2000 VW Polo struggles to/won't start when engine warm

My 2000 1.4 petrol polo struggles to start when warm and sometimes will not start, until the engine has cooled down a bit, when the engine is on the hot side of warm. Embarrassingly, I have lived ...
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44 views

2003 Pontiac Grand Am Wont Start

let me start off first by saying, I'n not much of a car guy, which is unfortunate because I feel like I could have saved myself a lot of money over the years. With that being said, I'm not opposed to ...
4
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1answer
43 views

Installing new Body Control Module

I recently bought a new BCM for a 2009 Infiniti FX50S. On installing new BCM, there was total blackout; no more ignition light. How can I programme the new BCM to work with my car?
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1answer
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Do any car batteries come dry with the electrolyte in a seperate container?

Small batteries for Motorcycles and Lawn Tractors are typically sold with the electrolyte in a separate bottle and must be added to the battery at home before installing it. I've never seen a "dry" ...
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4answers
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Squeaking brakes on motorcycle - an issue or not?

The front disc on my motorcycle emits a low pitch squeaking noise when I'm pulling up to a complete stop (almost like the sound train brakes make when pulling up to a station). This only happens when ...
3
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1answer
49 views

Late 90 Honda Civic cooling system hose broke off ,is it safe to drive?

One of the cooling system hoses, Freon I believe, broke off. I capped both ends. Is it safe to drive? Also, there's a noise near the front driver side tire, like a rubbing sound. The car decelerates ...
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1answer
31 views

Honda oydessy year 2000 does not go in reverse does not go forward but you can drive it in netural [on hold]

I have a 2000 Honda Odyssey that only drives in neutral; no reverse or forward. What do you think is wrong?
4
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1answer
17 views

1994 GMC Rally 3500 Low Beam out, High beam works intermittently

Low beam doesn't work. High beam will work, but cuts off and then on again. Also, if related, the switch must be jiggled for the interior dash lights to work. Could all of the problem be in the ...
7
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1answer
44 views

Minimum Care of Leather Interior

I have just bought a used Honda Accord with leather seating. I'm not necessarily a car enthusiast, but I would be interested in knowing the minimum I should do to keep the interior in good condition. ...
6
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2answers
142 views

How to find the cause of sudden high fuel consumption of a motorbike?

About my bike Model: Honda CBR 250R Total Run: 35000kms Total Time: 2 years 3 months Clutch Plate changed at 30k kms after an accident Engine oil, engine oil filter and air filter changed in ...
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3answers
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Can I disable antitheft (PATS) on 03 Mustang?

Just bought an 03 Mustang from an auction and took it on a trip. The anti-theft system kicked in and I had to disconnect/reconnect the battery to get it working again. That worked a few times and I ...
8
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1answer
67 views

Coolant Reservoir

Two questions, One, is there any reason why some coolant bottles are shaped in this way? Two, if this coolant bottle was placed on its side such as in the image below for example would coolant ...
7
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5answers
1k views

Used odometer supposedly showing incorrect reading

I am shopping for a used car (2006 Volvo XC90) and encountered the following situation: The car itself has odometer reading 110k miles. I intend to appraise and price at as if a 110k car. The seller ...
2
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3answers
2k views

Squeaking under the hood only while throttle is pressed

My 2001 F150 with 255xxx miles has a squeaking under the hood. It is only present while the throttle is pressed while driving. It is loud enough to be heard in the cab, but not over the radio. It ...
4
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1answer
3k views

Options for fixing Nissan Quest rear motorized hatch?

The vehicle is a 2004 Nissan Quest 3.5SE, and recently the rear motorized hatch has been very weak at trying to open or close. It gets stuck and needs quite a lot of help to get it opened or closed. ...
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1answer
39 views

what could cause a scraping noise after tire rotation

After having one tire replaced, and the tires rotated, drove out of the shop immediately to a grrr (rubbing/grinding) sound momentarily, once per tire rotation. I noticed the "back" tires have pretty ...
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1k views

Is it ok to use a scissor jack instead of a floor jack?

I need to jack up my car to take out the front driver side tire and change the p/s and alternator belt. I don't own a floor jack but I do have a scissor jack. I was wondering could I just use the ...
16
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2answers
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Why do we need to cool air after it leaves a turbocharger?

When we are using a turbocharger to compress the incoming air, the air gets hotter. Usually this hot air is cooled by using intercooler before it is passed to the engine. But what is the reason ...
9
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4answers
151 views

Can you run an engine without a radiator?

I've heard of people starting engines in a build without a Radiator hooked up, to see if it fires. If you have an old engine and want to see if it will run: Can it be started without a radiator? ...
7
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1answer
2k views

Does stalling damage my car?

I sometimes stall my car, as I have a new one and the biting point is so high. Anyway, someone told me stalling damages my car, but all it does is force the engine to a stop... Does constant ...
6
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0answers
25 views

Vibration felt, heard and seen when in Drive at stop but disappears when shifted to Neutral

2010 Jeep Patriot FD2 4x4 38,000 miles Well maintained vehicle with low mileage. Excessive vibration noticed beginning 6 months ago. Have changed spark plugs, air filter, Premium gas used with double ...
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4answers
2k views

How do you un-seize an engine?

I have an older engine that is seized. It is a 1953 Desoto Hemi. How can I un-seize it? I have sprayed Sea Foam Deep Creep down the plugs and let sit for weeks. As well as transmission fluid. To no ...
3
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6answers
7k views

2006 Kia Sedona intermittently not starting

What could be causing my (non-)starting issues? Occasionally (once every two weeks or so) when the keys are inserted and turned to the start position, nothing happens. No noise, no dome lights dimming ...
14
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2answers
755 views

Difference between OBDII and CAN

What is CAN (controller area network)? What are the differences between an OBD-II protocol and a CAN setup?` How do I use an OBD-II scanner on a vehicle with CAN?
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1answer
53 views

1980 Civic hatchback clutch won't engage but gears are felt

I am looking at buying a 1980 Civic hatchback but the clutch needs work. He says that you can feel the gears but it won't engage. Does that mean it needs a new clutch or transmission fluid?
6
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1answer
54 views

'96 Saab starts, stalls

My poor Saab 900 is having touble getting going. I was away for about a month, and got the oil changed before I left. When I came back, I drove the car to my grandmother's and back, about 15 minutes ...
3
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0answers
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97 dodge ram 1500 Laramie

Fixed a pulley tensioner and belt. Still a loud squeak and sound. Could it be bad pulley? ....and 4WD worked when bought the truck. Now the light wont turn on and it seems that it doesn't shift into ...
2
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2answers
3k views

2004 Kia sedona intermittently wont start

my 2004 kia Sedona intermittently refuses to start. I have light, radio, electric windows but just doesn't turn over at all. If I leave it a few hours and go back to it, it'll start first time as if ...
8
votes
2answers
58 views

Ford Expedition Eddie Bauer 4.6 V8 2003 automatic rpm goes high

When driving, sometimes when I want stop the vehicle, I go to press the brakes, but that time engine rpm goes high, keeping brakes pressed hard, after 5 second engine becomes normal. It goes high when ...
9
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3answers
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What are the causes of fluctuating intake manifold vacuum

I have a 2005 Honda CBR600 F4i which suffers from occasional hesitation at low rpm when accelerating. I also get occasional fault codes from the ECU indicating a vacuum leak. Today I connected a ...
34
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5answers
3k views

What is the most efficient method of getting your car unstuck from snow?

If your car is stuck in snow and you don't have any chains, what can be done to get it out? This can be an unnerving problem to have and it happens pretty easily with normal driving on ice. You wind ...
12
votes
11answers
48k views

Should I pull my wipers away from the windshield when parked during a winter storm?

When we are expecting snow storm and the vehicle is parked, do we pull out the wipers so they don’t touch the glass to avoid the freezing to the windshield? Or would that hurt the springs in the wiper ...
3
votes
3answers
908 views

straight pipes and carb rejetting?

I have a 1984 Honda GL 1200 standard wing and I am going to put straight pipes on it, however some forums say I will need to upjet the carbs, and others say I will not. Has anyone on this site ever ...
7
votes
1answer
60 views

How to test gas station air compressors before use?

Yesterday I was with my wife and three children in the car, 300 KM from home just after sunset. I pulled into a gas station and as before all long trips, I dialed 31 PSI on the gas station's air ...
4
votes
4answers
12k views

How to open prius hatch when the battery is dead?

I have a 2008 Prius with remote keyless entry. I accidentally drained my battery by mistake. The locks do not respond, and trying to turn on the power puts the car into a strange low power error ...
5
votes
3answers
197 views

Putting tires on rims

How much pressure should I use for a tire to settle on a rim? Is there need to glue the tire on the rim? (Or to try make it more airtight by any means.)
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0answers
19 views

Car keeps cutting out megane 225

Please help car won't rev past 4/5k revs (at idle) struggle to get 3k moving when accelerating it just cuts out expecially on full throttle, it sounds like its being suffocated serious loss of power ...
4
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3answers
38 views

Would Pulling the Handbrake Help Remove Brake Rotor Rust?

The car is a Nissan Almera (N15) -99 with a 1.6 L gasoline engine. It has been standing still for over a year and some rust has developed on the brake rotors. The car has been standing under a roof ...
3
votes
2answers
84 views

Can I put 225/75R16 on a vehicle meant for 245/75R16?

I have a retired 2000 GMC Savanna 250 with 225/75R16 tires that have plenty of tread, no signs of dry rot, and are only 3 years old. My newer vehicle is a 2009 Ford E350 extended, and it needs at ...
12
votes
2answers
62 views

What is an A/R ratio?

I heard the term A/R ratio today while watching a video about turbochargers. What does the term A/R ratio mean? Does it just apply to turbos? If not, what else does it apply to? How is it computed? ...
6
votes
1answer
66 views

What is the problem if my car's engine stops running in the middle of a ride?

My car's engine frequently stops in the middle of a ride. Its an old model of Hyundai Sonata 2004. This happens especially in high gears(3,4) and faster speeds (like 60-70 mph). It has also happened ...
1
vote
0answers
44 views

Stopping distance of a car

I want to calculate the stopping distance of a car from an OBD2 device. Say, I am driving at 30 kmph and apply my brakes hard. My car will skid and stop at a distance "x" meters from that point. This ...

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